Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

Dave Lenehan is the Operations Manager for the Event Production Department at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Prior to his coming to Liberty in 2015, he spent 25 years on staff with Capital District Youth for Christ in the Albany, NY area and served as a volunteer youth leader for middle and high school student ministries at his local church. Dave has been married to his wife Janet for nearly 32 years and they have three sons, all of whom reside in the Lynchburg area.

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    A Bindi

    Written by Dave Lenehan   We might call it a pebble, a piece of dirt, a thorn or a pine needle.  The Aussies – at least according to former Newsboy frontman Peter Furler – call it a “bindi.”  It is a tiny, sharp-needled seed usually found on the beach in Australia.  Used as slang, the word means that little pointy, prickly thing that sometimes gets stuck in our foot walking on the beach or in our shoe just walking around the neighborhood.  And while its actual size is usually small, it feels like a 6-inch thick arrow tip with spikes sticking out of it.   No matter how much you…

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    Sewn Into God

    Written by Dave Lenehan   If you’ve ever studied either of the apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, you know they are PACKED with incredible theology, encouragement, insight and tools equipping us as followers of Christ.  As I’ve been reading them again recently, I encountered some incredible passages from a fresh perspective.  2 Corinthians 5:4-7 is one of those sets of verses.  Read what Paul pens to his beloved church…remembering that this is actually Paul’s third letter to Christians in Corinth…his actual second one having been lost in history: “For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed…

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    Your Pastor

    Written by Dave Lenehan   My uncles Richard and John did it. My cousins Peter and Roger and my nephew-in-law Alex did it, too.  I’ve sat under the teaching of over a dozen more who’ve done it.  Even a couple of students who were involved in our church’s student ministry eventually did it. The common “it” factor? They all answered God’s call to become pastors. From the many conversations that I’ve had with pastors – friends and relatives alike – I know that being a pastor of any sized congregation or ministry is one of the most difficult, demanding, troublesome, often thankless yet most rewarding, inspiring, encouraging and fulfilling “jobs”…

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    Wearing Fruit

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do now that we’ve lost this one.” Those were the words of a woman living in the Houston, TX area after losing everything when her apartment complex was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.  She had moved to Texas from New Orleans.  Guess where she was in August of 2005? In the path of Hurricane Katrina, where she lost pretty much everything when her apartment there was destroyed.  She said that the people of Houston helped Katrina survivors out so much that she decided to move there to really see what they were like.  Now she’s ready to…

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    The Most Important Week

    Written by Dave Lenehan   The most important week in all of history started with a celebration parade: “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13, ESV) Toward the end of the week, the words of our Lord Jesus brought salvation to each one of us. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 13:20) The…

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    Jesus’ Inner Circle Is You & Me

    Written by Dave Lenehan   If you stop and take a brief but close look at Jesus’ disciples, you realize that they weren’t much different from you and me.  Four of them were fishermen, one was a hated tax collector. Some of the others, like Thaddeus and Bartholomew, we’ve been given very little information about at all.  But Jesus knew these 12 would build His Kingdom and set in motion the Gospel message.

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    We’ll Pray For You

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “I’ll be praying for you.”  You heard that from someone before, right? Of course. We all have.  And my guess is that most of us have said that to someone, usually someone close to us when they’ve shared a matter, a need that they wanted us to bring before God in prayer. “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”  The problem is, we don’t always do it, do we? I’m pointing my fingers at myself when I ask that question, because loads of people have asked me that question and too often I have only thought about praying for someone, for that request, right then at that…

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    How I Handle Sin

    Written by Dave Lenehan   There’s always two sides to every story.  One side typically is the truth. The other is at most a big fat lie or at the least, a long stretching of the truth.  I think the same can be said about how we approach our sin.  When I’ve sinned, do I go right to God, confess it all, repent and seek his forgiveness…or do I sort of push it aside, not really tackle the issue and start convincing myself that it was not really a big deal? The final hours of Jesus life on Earth give us an interesting insight into that internal battle.  It’s played…

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    Preaching to Yourself

    Written by Derek Levendusky   From Dave Lenehan: My friend and ministry colleague Derek Levendusky holds a myriad of God-given talents. He’s Pastor of GraceLife Church in Avon, NY. He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist/pianist, seminar speaker, wrestling coach, Dolphins fan (don’t hold that against him), father of six and husband of an amazingly talented woman of God. We’ve shared scores of incredible ministry experiences together, seeing God move in the hearts of young people at concerts, worship events and youth conferences. I am honored to call him a friend and to have served alongside him for close to two decades. Derek takes up Weekly Thoughts pen today.   At GraceLife…

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    Remembering Billy Graham

    Written by Dave Lenehan   This week we are mourning, remembering, and honoring a man who brought the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus to millions of people over many decades.  You likely have a memory moment from Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.  Maybe it was a crusade you attended where you surrendered your life to Jesus.  Perhaps you met Rev. Graham or heard him speak in another setting and God deeply moved you.  While my memory is not spiritually significant, it had an impact on me as a boy that I will always remember. Rev. Graham was going to speak in Massachusetts and was visiting historic Plymouth. Since we lived…